Employees Dismissed in Sony BMG Nashville Merger

Twenty employees of Sony BMG Nashville were terminated on Thursday (May 18) in the wake of last year’s merge of Sony Music and the Bertelsmann Music Group. In addition, the Epic imprint will also be discontinued as a country label, but its artist roster — including Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert and Patty Loveless — will be moved to Epic’s longtime sister label, Columbia. Sony BMG Nashville chairman Joe Galante also indicated in a memo that the roster of the company’s four remaining country labels, including RCA, BNA and Arista, will likely be downsized next month. Sony Music Nashville’s president John Grady exited the company in April after Galante added Columbia and Epic to his responsibilities.